Hello! I have been asked “How I got interested in photography” so, I thought I’d share a little of my background.
As far back as I can remember, school was really hard for me. I enjoy people, and I’m known as a “social butterfly”, but the academic-side of learning was difficult. It seemed no matter how many hours I’d spend studying or how many tutors I would have, I just couldn’t do well in my classes. After some testing, it was discovered I had severe dyslexia, dysgraphia and mild ADD. This helped explain why reading, writing and math were so hard for me. Basically, all of these things mean I learn different and are technically called a learning disability. It took me a very long time to figure out how to train my brain to see letters in a way that enabled me to read a sentence and then a paragraph and so on. If you have dyslexia you know it is a real pain in the ass because letters flash and move on top of each other all the time.
Understanding my dyslexia is important because it takes me back to the original question of how I got interested in photography. When I was younger and I tried to read books, I always looked at the pictures to help me understand what’s going on in the gobbley goop of text. If I couldn’t figure out by looking at the pictures, I got really frustrated. The pictures often saved me, as they are what connected me to the words. The pictures also always stuck with me, for some reason they were easy to remember. Pictures have been helping me get through my life. I think that’s why I became interested in photography, because I understand how pictures can help connect and help communicate.
More so, the pictures I take help me understand the world because they let me capture an image and communicate my perspective which I’m told is usually very different from others. I enjoy these perspectives as it gives people a chance to look into how I see things. Because of my dyslexia and learning disabilities, I realize I probably see the world a little different than most. It’s a curse when I’m required to read or write a massive length for a course I’m taking; however, for my photography I’ve discovered my disability is a strength as it allows me to capture and share an image that might be a unique and pleasant perspective. This was an accidental discovery during a professional photography class when my instructor pointed out that on each photo-shoot my perspectives stood out from the class. With each opportunity I work to improve as I just might be able to connect with others through my pictures, allowing them to see a perspective they didn’t see before and hopefully creating a bridge of communication.